Japanese group asks YouTube set up copyright system

A Japanese entertainment group has asked popular video-sharing site YouTube to implement a system to prevent users from uploading videos that would infringe copyrights, an Associated Press report said.

The Associated Press report, group spokesman Takashi Fujii, said the Japan Society for Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers sent a letter making the request addressed to YouTube co-founders Chad Hurley and Steve Chen by express mail and email on behalf of 23 Japanese TV stations and entertainment companies,.

Most videos posted on YouTube are homemade, but the site also features copyrighted material posted by individual users, the report said.

YouTube's policy has been to remove clips that infringe copyright after it receives complaints, but questions have continued to linger about the site's vulnerability to legal claims for distributing content owned by other media.

Last month, YouTube, which was recently acquired by Google for $1.65 billion, deleted nearly 30,000 files after the Japanese group complained of copyright infringement.

But Jasrac said in a letter seen by The Associated Press that the problem has persisted, and that the current system 'is not functioning well due to the (continued) large volume of illegal uploads,' the report said.

The letter requested that YouTube introduce a preliminary screening system to prevent copyrighted clips from being posted. It also asked for a series of provisional measures, including posting a notice in Japanese about illegal uploads, requiring uploaders to register and terminating users who violate copyright.

The letter asked YouTube to respond no later than December 15.